Italians have known it for thousands of years. Delicious, vitamin and mineral-packed chestnuts are fabulous nut to add to your diet. When the cold temps of November arrive, chestnuts begin to appear in grocery stores, open-air markets and local festivals throughout Italy. This remarkable nut has long been a staple of the Italian winter diet, and for good reason. Chestnuts aren’t just tasty, they’re really good for you! (To view a list of chestnut health benefits, click here.)
My husband, Lou, and I love to roast chestnuts over the fire (fun and romantic), but there are a myriad of other ways to enjoy this versatile nut, so I thought I’d share with you my top 10 favorite chestnut-eating suggestions.
10 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Chestnuts:
- Pureed and added to squash or pumpkin soup
- Pureed and used in a souffle
- Chopped and added to stuffing
- Chopped and added to cakes or tortes
- Steamed and simmered in beef stew
- Steamed, then dipped into melted butter and a bit of sea salt
- Ground into flour (readily available in stores) and used to make crepes
- Ground into flour and used to make cakes (super for gluten-free diets)
- Roasted over a wood fire or in the oven (be sure to score them first)
- Roasted, skinned, chopped and added to ice cream
Pamela Haack is an author, specialized travel consultant and founder of Off the Beaten Strada where she creates and hosts custom retreats in central Italy for travelers who wish to be immersed in the history, culture and traditions of the region.
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